Operation Round Up® gives more than $52,800 to community programs

Operation Round Up recipients are pictured receiving their program funding at Lake Country Power’s service center in Mountain Iron. Front, from left: Kristi Sopoci, Cook Library; Norma Thomas and Patty Carlson, Trinity Quilters; Katie Fredeen, Hibbing Dylan Project; Bobbi Maish, Operation Round Up Trust Board; Kristine Wagner, Twelfth Step House, Inc.; and Teresa Brecto, Salvation Army of Hibbing. Back, from left: Mike Sterk, Iron Range Historical Society; Larry Furlong; Hibbing Dylan Project; Ann-Marie Vito, Summer Work Outreach Program; Robbie Peterson and Tom Martin, Embarrass Fire Dept.; and Steve Burgess, Breitung Fire Dept; and April Larson, Hibbing Public Library.

Operation Round Up® gives more than $52,800 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS — Through the contributions of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $52,850 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.

The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 60 grant applications and distributed funds to 51 projects and programs this past quarter. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $2.2 million has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.

The Project READ Program serving Itasca County received $1,000 to help get books into the hands of kids.

“It’s wonderful when families can read together every day,” said Denise Rodgers, Project READ coordinator. “This contribution from Operation Round Up is very helpful because it’ll allow us to purchase new books so we can keep our book supply high.”

Rodgers added that Project READ welcomes donated books and volunteers, and can be contacted at www.projectread.net or 218-327-5709.

Most recent recipients include:

Salvation Army of Hibbing Christmas assistance program

Ruby’s Pantry

Summer Work Outreach Project

Nashwauk-Keewatin High School Band

Washington Elementary School PTO

Nashwauk-Keewatin Spanish Club

Hibbing Public Library festival

Hibbing Dylan Project

Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartan Cheerleaders

Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, which is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile activities and community projects by “rounding up” member’s electric bills to the nearest dollar. The average donation of each participating Lake Country Power member is less than $6 annually.

“I serve on the Operation Round Up Trust Board, and it’s fantastic to read each application request,” said Bobbi Maish of Eveleth. “It’s a rewarding experience to know the positive impact you all are making in your communities.”

More than 71 percent of Lake Country Power members participate in the program through voluntary contributions. Interested members can opt into the Operation Round Up program by calling Lake Country Power at 800-421-9959 or using an online form at lakecountrypower.coop.

Applications are available online at www.lakecountrypower.coop. The next application deadline is February 15.

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